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September 26, 2000


On the official pilgrimage organized by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, there are 1333 pilgrims from all over the United States. These pilgrims will travel to Rome to witness the canonization of Blessed Katharine Drexel by Pope John Paul II on October 1, 2000. All depart from various airports on the evening of Wednesday, September 27th and arrive in Rome on Thursday, September 28th. There are also hundred of people from the United States attending the canonization who are not on the official pilgrimage.

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, along with 140 of those pilgrims will depart from Philadelphia International Airport on

Wednesday, September 27, 2000
US Air Flight # 2
Terminal A
Check-In Time: 4:15 p.m.
Departure: 6:15 p.m.

Pilgrims departing for Rome through the Newark or JFK Airport in New York will be leaving by buses for the airports from two locations:

Wednesday, September 27, 2000
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Motherhouse
1663 Bristol Pike
Bensalem, PA 19020
Bus Departures at 12 Noon and 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27, 2000
Blessed Katharine Drexel Church
1920 Providence Avenue
Chester, PA 19013
Bus Departures at 12 Noon and 4:00 p.m.

Agenda for all the Pilgrims:

Thursday, September 28th - Arrival in Rome
Thursday, September 28th - 8:00 p.m. - Welcome Dinner (Brigadoon or La Fattoria Restaurants)
Friday, September 29th - Open day for optional tours (various)
Saturday, September 30th - Open day for optional tours (various)
Sunday, October 1st - 10:00 a.m. - Attend Canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square
Sunday, October 1st - 8:00 p.m. - Celebration Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel
Monday, October 2nd - Morning - Attend Papal Audience
Tuesday, October 3rd - 10:00 a.m.- Attend Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica
Wednesday, October 4th - 7:30 p.m. - Farewell Dinner (LaFattoria or Brigadoon Restaurants)
Thursday, October 5th - Depart Leonardo da Vinci Airport for home

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director

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